News from the UpWorks Team

Take an inside look into what God has been doing through UpWorks recently! We have several exciting stories and updates to share with you.

Director of Engaging Schools

Farewell to Susan Timmerman & Welcoming Ken Norman! 

Susan has led the way working part-time as the Director of Engaging Schools for the past year and a half. Susan has been instrumental in creating a strong Engaging Schools model serving the Bloomington District. As the position’s role expanded to full-time, Susan’s other life demands led her to focus on family.



Please join us in welcoming Ken Norman as the full-time Director of Engaging Schools! 
Ken is passionate about serving schools and faith communities. He has his Master’s Degree in Education and has served as the Principal of Chapel Hill Academy, Director of Vienna Christian Schools in Austria, and most recently the Executive Director of Love, Inc. Ken’s top strength is building relationships in the community to help all thrive. Ken started on June 18th and can be reached at or 651-756-7851.

Expanding Our Network of Nonprofit Partners

Over the past three months, UpWorks and Salvation Army have been exploring possibilities to serve participants of the Adult Rehabilitation Center. We are excited to announce Salvation Army is officially a partner. Details have been finalized with the leadership of Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. A pilot will be launched in June 2018 to serve a targeted group of men currently enrolled in the ARC. In addition, UpWorks met with the regional offices of Salvation Army’s Volunteer coordination. The regional office has agreed to transition up to 10 volunteers to UpWorks in support of the arrangement with the ARC.
If you know of a potential partner organization please email us at or call 651.756.7851.

Event Highlights

Minnesota Prayer Breakfast

UpWorks was featured at the MN Prayer Breakfast with Sue Hewitt being one of the keynote speakers. Our UpWorks impact video was presented during the main Prayer Breakfast session. Staff led breakout sessions on how attendees could serve their communities through their church, school or by mentoring.

Serve Expo at Wayzata Free Church

UpWorks partnered with Wayzata Free Church for a training and service expo.  Local churches, nonprofits, and community members were equipped and connected to serving opportunities. Around 120 people participated in great conversations and relationships formed.


Welcome Baby Judah Coleman!

Our Communications & Program Administrator, Nina Coleman, welcomed Judah Ramon into the Coleman family with husband Joe & big sister Shalom on May 26 at 7:18 AM (on their dad’s birthday)! What an amazing gift! He weighed 8 lbs 3oz and measured 22 inches.